New Egyptian president delivers speech in Tahrir Square
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Friday promised a "civil and constitutional state" in front of tens of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square in central Cairo. This was a message intended to reassure those who fear an Islamic power, especially the Christian minority.
"I am one of you, he still told the crowd. I am only afraid of God," he said. "You have elected me and those who opposed me, I am with you (...) I will not make difference between supporters and opponents," he promised.
Mohamed Morsi, the first Islamist who reaches the presidency, paid tribute to "the Revolution Square, the place of freedom, Tahrir Square" and addressed "the free world, Arabs, Muslims, (...) the people of Egypt , siblings, children, Muslims of Egypt, Egyptian Christians, citizens wherever you are. "
Morsi is set to take an official oath Saturday before the High Constitutional Court. But he was symbolically sworn in in Tahrir Square. "I swear to God to preserve the Republican system, to respect the Constitution and the law, to fully protect the interests of the people, and to preserve the independence of the nation and the safety of its territory," he stated.
"You are the source of power and legitimacy, which is above everyone. There is no room for one person, institution (...) to be above this desire," he told the cheering crowd.